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by Roy Posner and MSS



 


What Genius Is

On Genius
Genius is to take one's field to the next level through the higher, spiritual powers of Mind.

In Genius and Spiritual Planes of Mind
As is known in the ancient Vedantic spiritual tradition, genius occurs when one opens up to the universal plane of Mind wherefrom knowledge descends in a flash as intuition and revelation. Genius thus occurs in a very well informed individual, who seeks to move beyond the current, accepted bounds of truth, and does so by moving beyond mere logic but to intuition where the object of knowledge simply descends into the mind without thought. The scientific, mechanistic view of genius presented by Brooks and the books he references is shallow in the extreme. Einstein had one revelation after another after knowing well the facts and challenging them, yet experiencing them through sudden descents of knowledge. So did the great Indian mathematician Ramanujan, as does the current multi-dimensional spiritual genius Sri Karmayogi in South India. Watch the TV show Numbers and you will see an example of the process of genius in action.

On Genius
Genius is born of our connection to Cosmic Mind. (Paraphrase of Sri Aurobindo)

Inner Methods of Men of Genius
All men of genius know the value of Silence, vision, intuition and revelation, but in the modern context, they are shy of speaking their experience. (MSS)

How We Become a Genius through Spirit in Mind, Powerful through Spirit in Vital, Son of God through Spirit in the Body
Man becomes a genius when the SPIRIT touches his mind. Mind has objective knowledge, i.e. the knowledge of what it sees outside. The higher, wider, completer knowledge belongs to the Spirit. It dwells inside. Man goes inside and touches the Spirit. It comes out of his mind. In the mind, the Spirit emerges as genius. Spirit emerging through the vital - the nerves - makes MAN a Caesar or Shivaji. The Spirit emerging through the vehicle of the body renders man the Son of God.
(MSS, with headings added)

The Genius (Beyond the Social Influence)
The genius acquires all the knowledge and though processes of the society but does not permit his thought processes to be circumscribed by them. He moves back from the collective inheritance to the individual capacity for thought and opens to inspiration and intuition from above. In that measure he becomes a true mental individual. He becomes a genius. (MSS-GJ)

Intuitive Source of Genius
The genius acquires his knowledge through the intuitive mind, where revelations of truth descend into his mind without the need for thought. To nurture that by living an inner focused life, in stillness and silence, even by having the experience of the Soul will enable such descents and hence genius. The genius's knowledge comes in thus way completely from within, not from the social influence and pressure.

Acquiring Genius
A genius is [normally] born, not made. In the occult worlds, there is a place where the memory of the earth is stored. He who can go there will have access to it. Inside us, there are zones where Existence, Consciousness-Force, Delight is known as trikaladrshti [past, present, future?], and prior to that another zone where all the knowledge one needs is stored. One who can go beyond the waking mind can have its benefit. The theory is all knowledge comes from above and is available inside. Intuition gives us access to it. (MSS, slightly modified)

What Genius Is
Genius is greatness of the Mind that knows all that is relevant to one's subject, not by plodding search or research, but by virtue of one's being a genius. (MSS, slightly modified)

Genius
Genius brings about that which was not there before E.g. Einstein's genius in bringing forth the previously unknown e=mc2, and all its implications. Sri Aurobindo was a super-genius of the spiritual domain.

Genius and Its Nurturing
As we learn to move into the silence and depth within, we create an opening through which descents of light and intuition of knowledge can occur -- as Einstein experienced. Those who have this capacity are practitioners of genius. This inner orientation allows not only descents of knowledge, but the capacity to see many sides of an issue from which insight and intuition can arise. We see the parts in relationship to each another, as well as to the whole. Society can cultivate this capacity for genius in every child through a new form of inner-based education.
Intuitions enable vast insight in no time, enabling the ultimate efficiency, bringing the future instantly into the present.

Genius
Genius is the capacity to know all sides and aspects of a thing, e.g. an object of knowledge, at once and instantaneously.

On Becoming a Creative Thinker; a Genius
To become a creative thinker go into the depths of one's being, into the inner psychic, personal soul being. That will open you to the spiritual domain of mind from which intuitions of creative thinking will descend. You can take that same route to become a genius, when you open to the universal, cosmic Mind through the psychic.

Genius
Genius has an opening to the universal plane of Mind. We experience it through descents of intuition of knowledge.



How We Become a Genius through Spirit in Mind, Powerful through Spirit in Vital, Son of God through Spirit in the Body
Man becomes a genius when the SPIRIT touches his mind. Mind has objective knowledge, i.e. the knowledge of what it sees outside. The higher, wider, completer knowledge belongs to the Spirit. It dwells inside. Man goes inside and touches the Spirit. It comes out of his mind. In the mind, the Spirit emerges as genius. Spirit emerging through the vital - the nerves - makes MAN a Caesar or Shivaji. The Spirit emerging through the vehicle of the body renders man the Son of God.
(MSS, with headings added)

Achievement, Genius Comes from Within, Not Outside
All that a man achieves emanates from his mind, not from his external experience. The West has made the cardinal error of mistaking the effect for cause. Where does the Genius, be it Ramanujam or Einstein get his knowledge? It comes from INSIDE. (MSS)

Genius through Realization of an Idea
By having the permanent realization of the idea, one can become a genius in his field, whether it be a particle physicist or an organic farmer. [Genius is born of being connected to the Universal, Cosmic Mind and Consciousness.]

Genius & Intuition

  • What we call Genius is intuition in one of the million facets of life.

  • Genius belongs to the Intuitive Mind. (MSS)

Intuitive Mind as Seat of Genius
T
he seat of Genius is in the Intuitive Mind where the intuition is of the object outside. When that intuition shifts to inside, the intuitional knowledge changes into Supramental knowledge. (MSS)

Einstein on Genius
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. (Albert Einstein)

Creating Tens of Millions of Geniuses
Since every person has the capacity to move to the depths within, away from the silence, into the silence, and touch the soul, every person can enable intuitive descents of knowledge which enable genius in his or her chosen field. E.g., "every child a genius" can  be the motto of education that seeks to bring the soul being to the surface. In this way we can create tends of millions of geniuses, instead of mere hundreds or thousands.

Intuition that is Divine and Genius
-Intuition is really considered to be divine, as we know he who possesses it in one subject becomes a genius.

-Intuition is the human insight rising from below to ripen into a ray of the divine intuition. (MSS)

Conception, Intuition, Genius

  • Conception is the highest function of Mind.
  • Conception in Silence opens subtle planes. It makes one precocious or even a prodigy.
  • Conception changes into vision [illuminations, light] by the mind transcending Silence.
  • Mind giving up the media of Silence, light, etc., enables you to get direct knowledge which is Intuition.
  • Intuition is the plane of Genius.
  • Genius belongs to one aspect of the myriad-faced knowledge which is one of the 12 aspects of the Spirit. (MSS)

Spiritual Personality & Genius
The Spiritual Personality creates the genius.

Avail the Force
The Force that is there in the atmosphere can raise everyone in the population to be a genius. (MSS) [One interpretation: open to the spiritual force in the atmosphere and you will develop the capacity of genius as descents and intuition of knowledge will be never-ending.]

Levels of Spirit we can Become; Genius, Powerful, Sons of God
Man becomes a genius when the SPIRIT touches his mind. Mind has objective knowledge, i.e. the knowledge of what it sees outside. The higher, wider, completer knowledge belongs to the Spirit. It dwells inside. Man goes inside and touches the Spirit. It comes out of his mind. In the mind, the Spirit emerges as genius. Spirit emerging through the vital - the nerves - makes MAN a Caesar or Shivaji. The Spirit emerging through the vehicle of the body renders man the Son of God. (MSS)

Intuition and the Whole
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To enable intuitions of knowledge one needs to live in Silence, not to exercise thinking, and the acquisition of an attitude of looking at the whole, which can be perceived by taking the other man's point of view. As a result of what was before invisible, will now at once be visible, revealed to you. Intuition which was like magic till then will become as simple as intellect.

-Intuition in essence arises by looking at the part from the view of the whole. (MSS)



On the Nature of Intuitive Mind
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The mind consists of a part that interprets the inputs of the body's senses. The mind also consists of the capacity for logic and self-conceiving new ideas, new possibilities, etc. As the mind moves away from its connection to the senses, it utilizes its higher mental functionings, and beyond that functionings of spiritual mind. Knowledge from spiritual mind comes through silence which enables knowledge to spring forth, through illuminations and lights of knowledge, and through descents of the entire object of knowledge as intuitions.

-Descents of light and intuitions of knowledge can simply drop into our minds without thinking, enabling one to accomplish in the present what could have taken months or years to attain in the future.

-When knowledge born of logic or peace or light or intuition and revelation appear in the mind, there is a concrete savings of time; that is, duration begins to disappear as a measurement and principle of existence.

-To enable intuitions of knowledge one needs to live in Silence, not to exercise thinking, and the acquisition of an attitude of looking at the whole, which can be perceived by taking the other man's point of view. As a result of what was before invisible, will now at once be visible, revealed to you. Intuition which was like magic till then will become as simple as intellect.

-Intuition in essence arises by looking at the part from the view of the whole.

-When one acquires Intuition, the world will laugh at him and call him crazy.

-You can train yourself to acquire intuition by reading the chapter in Sri Aurobindo's The Synthesis of Yoga on intuitive mind  and systematically learn 1) suggestion, 2) discrimination, 3) inspiration, and 4) revelation. (MSS and others)

Serving the Soul/True Self and Genius
To the degree that the individual's soul is served, genius will emerge.

The Process of Revelation of Knowledge
We can witness a process by which an individual moves from thought-based knowledge to revelation of knowledge. After assiduous study and understanding of the many sides of an issue or knowledge, we gain various insights into the object of inquiry. We start to think about the issues, and through logical thinking we understand a bit more. In that session we then stop the logical thinking that produces such insights, and observe what happens next, as revelations and intuitions of knowledge suddenly pour into our minds, without thought. Most powerfully we see that these descents of knowledge are actually dynamically new and synthetic understandings that creatively combine previous insights into a downpour of new revelations of insight into our minds. As a result of that rain of non-thought based insight, we now have a veritable mass of new understanding; one that could have taken years to acquire, but which has now come into the spiritual domain of mind in a few moment of time. This is the future way of knowing, of which a few fortunate individuals are beginning to have experience.
 

See entries on the Nature of Intuition and its Relationship to Genius

Original Thinker, Insight, and Genius of the Age
One step to becoming an original thinker, whose ideas have never been expressed thusly before, is to review, categorize, and integrate one's own unique thoughts gathered along the way in one's work, field, or domain; the last part being the most telling. This will energize the mind as he continuously experiences a new-found pleasure in thought. As a result of such higher level of organization, he will see things in never-ending new lights, expressed as insight. If he then chooses the spiritual path, he can open the portals to infinite insight, through silence, light, intuition, and revelation. Now he becomes the true Original Thinker; i.e. he thinks what no one has expressed before him. If pursued to the end, he can then go on to become the multi-dimensional Genius (and even Spiritual Sage) of his age.

Understanding, Thinking, Original Thinking
Thinking's lesser version is understanding and its higher version is original thinking. (Paraphrase of MSS)



Overcoming Social Obstacles and Nurturing Genius

On Bringing Geniuses to the Fore of Society
We can nurture the genius individuals that are emerging in life, and help bring them to the fore of society, collective, or group. If we were to search for such individuals we should look out for the following market indicators:
-Behind, it will lurk as essence of talent, a conceptual comprehension of the field hitherto unknown.
-Such people would be ridiculed in their own work spot.
-The potential candidates will be, more often than not, QUIET and will be lost inside themselves.
 In essence such genius is the Spirit emerging in that individual in a new form. He or she are potential pioneers of the NEW, embodying the ever-new, i.e. creative manifestations of the Divine Spirit in forms of Force in life. (Expansion on ideas of MSS)

Creating Geniuses When the Society Fixes Its Mind On It
Each period makes commonplace what was a wonder and a rarity in the previous century. Man's energies and resources are infinite.

Man can achieve anything on which he sets his Mind, provided it is already an achievement of the society. It is unthinkable for us to conceive of hundreds of geniuses in the future. It will be real when the society fixes its mind on it. (MSS)



Creating Tens of Millions of Geniuses
Since every person has the capacity to move to the depths within, away from the silence, into the silence, and touch the soul, every person can enable intuitive descents of knowledge which enable genius in his or her chosen field. E.g., "every child a genius" can  be the motto of education that seeks to bring the soul being to the surface. In this way we can create tends of millions of geniuses, instead of mere hundreds or thousands.

Genius Rejects Education
Genius is one who rejects the school and seeks education on his own. (MSS)

The New Education
Examinations test the level of memory equipment.

Going into the world, the student discovers what he remembers and why.

The student allowed to pick up facts himself at school will be socially mature on leaving school.

Original thinking is not [currently] the aim of education.

Schools fostering it become the society to young children.

The emphasis usually falls on one aspect.

It usually falls on Money.

Money can be replaced by Man.

Society, then will be addressing the root causes of all evils.

An education to equip the student to become an integrated Man is possible today, especially with the Internet. (MSS)

 

Collecting the Collective Subconscious through the Internet to Become a Genius

  • The collective subconscious wisdom emerges in the individual as genius.

  • Theoretically, one who can collect the wisdom in the collective subconscious in his own conscious mind will become a genius.

  • The Internet is the first direct technological attempt to make that possible.

  • What Internet does externally to the mind, the teacher, the school or the family can do to the child internally, if they fully appreciate the evolutionary role of Internet in the lives of men. (MSS)

The Genius's Suffering
The genius has always suffered at the hands of the family, society, government, etc.
(MSS, modified)

 

Other

The Idiot Genius
The phrase idiot-genius is what we know. It is not known that one is an idiot because he is a potential genius. This is a spiritual truth expressed in the Infinite emerges from the infinitesimal. It is so because it is the Infinite that in the process of involution and self-absorption changes into the infinitesimal. (MSS)

Enabling the Genius in Education

MSS Articles on Genius
Genius of the Child 
The Energy Behind the Genius 

Becoming Expert in Field
If you want to become a true expert, a genius in your field, then look at the object of inquiry from every conceivable perspective, without any prejudice; be unscrupulously objective; not care about what society says, and pursue your interests with great interest and intensity. Great insights will emerge, putting you far ahead of the game, far ahead of your peers or rivals or associates, enabling you to be a true leader in your field; enabling you to accomplish beyond your wildest expectations and dreams.

Sherlock Holmes Had Multi-Sided View
Perhaps Sherlock Holmes' greatest genius however was his ability to observe a situation, see it from its myriad of sides and subtleties, and from this cornucopia of details was able draw them together into a series of insights, from which he could come up with an integral analysis and thereby a solution to the situation at hand.

Also See Thoughts on Creativity

Also See Thoughts on the Making and Influence of the Pioneer Individual

 

Original Thinking, Ideas

Original Thinkers of Original Ideas

-The essence of knowledge comes to us as Original Ideas. One who is able to get at such essences and expresses it succinctly is an Original Thinker of Original Ideas.

-Individuals who have gone beyond personal character to the realm of true personality and true individuality tend to express them, and thus become original thinkers.

The Divine's Real Ideas and Our Own

There are Real Ideas of the Infinite Divine that have been set lose in creation. When we rise in consciousness, we become cognizant of them, or spontaneously express them in our original thought. Thus an original Idea brought forth into the world is really the Divine taking a creative step forward in the universe.

 

On Original Thinking and Ideas

When the practical man is confronted with problems, he looks for practical solutions, while the thinker looks for ideas to solve them. But when the Original thinker is confronted with problems, he takes that as an opportunity to know himself in the wider measure. The Original thinker seeks not just ideas but original ideas which are called in Philosophy Real-Ideas. Cadmus Journal refers to them as Seed-Ideas. Ideas, sooner or later, lead to action. Because conceivable by mind in some way, they declare it can be done. Pregnant ideas have the dynamism to lead to action. Real-Ideas are capable of self-effectuation, as knowledge and will are integrated in them. When Club of Rome published The Limits to Growth in 1972, it awakened the awareness of the world to the need for change in thinking and in action, and the world now is a better place for that. (MSS)

 

Facts, Ideas, Original Ideas

Facts are given by the senses, as we see an object such as a pen. Ideas emanate from the mind. It collects the facts given to us by the senses, coordinates them and draws the essence from them as an Idea. A college degree may give us a job is not a mere fact. It is an idea, drawn from the experience of various people. Original Ideas are there in a small number. An ethical treatise like Thirukural is based on thirteen or fourteen such original ideas. They originate neither from the senses, nor from the mind. They issue out of the Spirit emerging out of Mind. All great souls have given the world such ideas. Today the world lives by them. They are simple to comprehend, impossible to follow. Patience is essential to accomplish is one such idea. When a moment of excitement arrives, who can have natural patience? One may put up the behaviour of Patience. Patience is vastly different from a behaviour of patience.

Education gives us FACTS. They are stored in our memory. Unseen by us, some ideas collect behind by the strength of one's personality. Personality converts the collected facts by the strength of our ideas into capacity of accomplishment. We see these ideas as our attitudes in life or motives of our being. Indian education as devised by the British lays emphasis on memory. Watering down the quality of our education has been one main reason for our poverty. The West progressed mainly on the strength of their education. They have a superior type of education where children are trained to think. The amount of information they have about nutrition, health, civic life, science, machinery, etc., etc. is enormous. All this information goes to strengthen their ideas. Ideas are powerful. Today the West is the rich West because of their ideas.

There is more. They are called original ideas. There are not many that rule the world. Original Ideas do not come from education or thinking. They come from the Spirit. All original ideas from the time of the Greek philosophers have come from the Spirit. Not one original idea has emanated from facts collected by study. India is a land of the Spirit. She has realised the Absolute Brahman in the Spirit. The West has realised Brahman in Matter with an equally arduous endeavour. The future is for Original Ideas, not for facts or simple ideas. Sri Aurobindo has done one better. He has brought to the world that ORIGINAL idea which can wipe off karma. (Karmayogi)

 

Original Ideas

Disciplined learning will acquire facts, not ideas. Original ideas are not learnt. Real-Idea too can be learnt in freedom. (Karmayogi)

 

Pausity of Original Thinking

Although thinking is a general attribute of humanity, only a chosen few exhibit the capacity for original thinking. Many of these thinkers have lived their entire lives unnoticed by the people around them. Even when personal notice and appreciation eluded them, their ideas have had a profound and lasting impact on the rest of the world. ... Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, former President of France, once complained about the paucity of original thinkers in the world. (MSS)

 

Paucity of Original Ideas

There are not many original ideas that rule the world.

 

 

Spiritual Mind/Intutive Element and Original Thinking

Original Ideas and the Spirit in Mind, Intuition

There are not many original ideas that rule the world. They do not come from education or thinking. They come from the Spirit; the spirit in the mind, like intuition.

 

Original Thinking, Intuition and Cosmic Mind

Behind all original thinking is an intuitive element that is beyond mind proper. This element opens a passageway of communication with higher spiritual ranges, including ranges of higher knowledge and Consciousness, to levels of universality, to Cosmic Mind. Connecting within, down to the evolving soul, enables this intuitive opening, thus providing the greatest opportunities for Original Thinking. This can extend upward to a Supramental Knowledge Status where one can become an ultimate Original Thinker. (MSS)

 

The Divine's Real Ideas and Our Own

There are Real Ideas of the Infinite Divine that have been set lose in creation. When we rise in consciousness, we become cognizant of them, or spontaneously express them in our original thought. Thus an original Idea brought forth into the world is really the Divine taking a creative step forward in the universe.

 

On Original, Creative Thinking

Behind original, creative thinking is an invisible, intuitive element of spiritual mind that expresses as intelligible comprehension. (Paraphrase of Sri Aurobindo and MSS)

 

On Becoming a Creative Thinker; a Genius

To become a creative thinker go into the depths of one's being, into the inner psychic, personal soul being. That will open you to the spiritual domain of mind from which intuitions of creative thinking will descend. You can take that same route to become a genius, when you open to the universal, cosmic Mind through the psychic.

 

Achievement, Genius Comes from Within, Not Outside

All that a man achieves emanates from his mind, not from his external experience. The West has made the cardinal error of mistaking the effect for cause. Where does the Genius, be it Ramanujam or Einstein get his knowledge? It comes from INSIDE. (MSS)

 

 

Original Thinking to Solve Social Issues

Original Ideas and Solving Social Problems

Original ideas have the power to completely free humanity from long-standing problems. (MSS)

 

Limits of Orginal Thinking to Confront Social Issues

The second half of the 20th century has been called the Information Age, due to the increasing flood of information it generated. Information is the basis upon which thinking develops. Yet, in spite of this flood of information, not much original thinking has resulted. Many global problems such as poverty, unemployment, terrorism, economic depression and environmental degradation persist to this day and still defy solution. Even after two decades after the end of the Cold War, elimination of nuclear weapons is nowhere in sight. Problems are usually known to be a very good fertile breeding ground for fresh and original ideas, yet none have emerged capable of abolishing this pernicious threat. (MSS)

 

Don't Neglect Original Thinkers

When original thinkers present perspectives that can solve acute problems, we cannot afford to neglect their consideration. (MSS)

 

Creative Attitudes that Spuured Progress, Eradicated Problems

It is better to consult history as to how similar problems were solved earlier, and how grievous errors were committed which complicated situations. When we do so, we find a wide range of creative attitudes have spurred progress and eradicated problems in the past:

  1. Pioneers in every field chose to do what no one had previously dared to attempt.

  2. Great poets and thinkers fearlessly expressed their own inspirations unmindful of rewards or social recognition.

  3. Dynamic individuals applied their minds to create new activities based on new conceptions and new types of organisation.

  4. Society created symbolic instruments such as money, which summarise the whole of human experience in one field.

  5. People established new types of settlements and communities, real and virtual.

  6. Courageous venturers went beyond the fold of existing society physically, vitally, mentally, spiritually to create anew.

  7. Creative individuals rose to higher levels of thought to fashion new ideals, values, and avenues of knowledge.

  8. Keen observers studied natural phenomena to understand them and, if possible, master them.

  9. Leaders gave up valuable possessions such as Power in favour of higher human endeavour.

  10. Educators organised their experience to be passed on to future generations to abridge the time and effort required for learning.

  11. Radical idealists resorted to violent Revolution to destroy the existing society.

  12. Intelligentsia replaced aristocracy as a more informed and progressive system of government.

  13. Social innovators founded new types of institutions such as Grameen Bank.

  14. Explorers crossed the seas in quest of land or trade.

  15. Free thinkers abandoned age-old beliefs, such as conventional religious dogma about the age of the world or position of the earth in the universe.

  16. Seers directly discovered God to found new religions.

 



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